Nepal quake toll rising, US helicopter missing

Death toll rises to 125 in Nepal's second major quake in less than three weeks, while drones joined the hunt for missing US helicopter

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A search continues for a US Marine helicopter carrying six Americans and two Nepalese soldiers with hundreds of troops, military helicopters and a drone on Thursday. It went missing on Tuesday while delivering aid after the second major quake in less than three weeks.

The death toll rose to 125 on top of more than 8,000 killed in the first quake 17 days earlier, Nepali officials said, as anger and frustration mounts among people who are still trying to recover from the first earthquake.

The Himalayan country is in misery as two major quakes brought devastation, landslides and avalanches. The relief works have been hampered by aftershocks and closed roads as well as lack of coordination on the ground.

Medecins Sans Frontieres emergency coordinator Dan Sermand told Reuters that the second quake "finished the job" after the huge damage caused by the first.

Meanwhile, in so many remote villages people are still waiting for aid and slow distribution fuels resentment.

As the monsoon season fast approaching, thousands of homeless left outside were forced to find shelter by themselves and are afraid to go back to damaged buildings.

The April earthquake was the country's worst-recorded quake since 1934. The US Geological Survey said Tuesday's earthquake was the largest aftershock to date of that destructive quake.

TRTWorld and agencies